Our Hawaiian word for today is a well-known place name on Kauaʻi, Poʻipū. It is often mispronounced because people see the first three letters as a group and pronounce it as they would poi. It means crashing, as in wave action.
Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is Waiʻaleʻale, the name for the wettest spot on Earth. Waiʻaleʻale is the highest mountain on Kauaʻi, and Waiʻaleʻale means rippling or overflowing water, a very appropriate name for a place with more than 475 inches of rain a year.
Our Hawaiian word for today is aniani, something we all see, or see through every day. A common meaning for aniani is glass. We modify it for special meanings, such as aniani nānā for mirror, or aniani awe for fiber glass. It can be the modifier such as puka aniani for window.
Kaimukī, the name for a section of Honolulu, is another name often mispronounced by those familiar with the common Hawaiian word kai. Actually, Kaimukī means “the ti oven” and is a compound word made up of ka for “the,” imu for “oven,” and kī for “ti.”
Many people who don't speak Hawaiian ask how to make the glottal stop in your speech at the beginning of a word. ʻIolani is a good example. ʻIolani is the name of a palace, an avenue, a fine school, and many other things. And ʻiolani means “royal hawk.”
For those of you who have learned to tell time in Hawaiian, you will find it very handy to know that we also have a way to say both A.M and P.M. It means the same as in English, and it is written the same way. But in Hawaiian we pronounce it ʻamu and pimu.
Ala kalaiwa means driveway. You often see Ala used to mean street, path, or way. As in Ala Moana or Ala Wai. Kalaiwa means drive, and since modifiers follow nouns in Hawaiian, we say ala kalaiwa for driveway.
Hoʻoponopono means to make right. And it is a Hawaiian way of putting things in order, settling problems by sitting down together and talking it out. Hoʻoponopono is something we should all be aware of and practice.
Our Hawaiian word for today is naupaka, a native species of shrubs found in both the mountains and on the coasts. And who hasn't heard the stories about why the shrub flowers that look like half flowers?
Heiau is often mispronounced by people who put in a glottal stop that doesn't belong there. A heiau is a pre-Christian place of worship, commonly referred to in English as a Hawaiian temple, or shrine.
Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is wailele or waterfall. Literally, wailele means leaping water. And although it is a generic term, it is also is used in many place names and songs. Such as the popular wailele o ʻakaka.
It's so often mispronounced that the incorrect version has become an accepted pidgin word. But our word for today is mea ʻono puaʻa, or delicious pig thing. It is a popular and tasty steamed or baked Chinese bun with pork inside.
Our Hawaiian word for today is a short phrase, kekahi i kekahi. It means each other, one another. It is often heard by folks who use it to describe how we should love one another. E aloha kekahi i kekahi.